Americans are spending more time watching cable news. According to a new study by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press, it's up in all age categories. But there's a difference:
Most of those who regularly watch O’Reilly (63%) and Hannity (65%) are 50 or older; 44% of the public is 50 or older. By contrast, the Daily Show and Colbert Report have the youngest audiences of any outlet included in the survey. Large majorities of those who say they regularly watch the Colbert Report (80%) and the Daily Show (74%) are younger than 50; 55% of public is 18 to 49.
On the other hand, Fox News just keeps growing. More than ever among Republicans and "independents":
The left thinks people are getting more conservative because of Fox News. They' blame it for everything. But I think it's the other way around. I think people are more comfortable being conservative -- and a lot more comfortable being vocal about it -- because of Fox News.
I don't think Fox News has created an audience. I think they've uncovered one.